When: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: United Center
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), Ian Mahinmi (Foot, Day-to-day), Anzejs Pasecniks (Hip, Day-today) John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Bulls: Denzel Valentine (Hamstring, Out), Wendell Carter Jr. (Ankle, Out), Chandler Hutchison (Shoulder, Out) Kris Dunn (Knee, Out), Otto Porter Jr. (Out, Foot), Lauri Markkanen (Pelvis, Out), Max Strus (Knee, Out)
Chicago continues to be plagued by injuries
The Bulls have been battling injuries since facing the Wizards for the first time this season back in December. But they’ve found ways to work through them and beat the Wizards in two of their three previous matchups.
As of Feb. 20, Chicago had 7 players listed as “out” on ESPN’s website. Team leaders in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks are among those dealing with injuries. Offensively, the Bulls will likely be without second and third leading scorers – Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.
Zach LaVine dropped 41 points on the Wizards last week
Just before All-Star break, LaVine put up 41 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against the Wizards in his team’s 126-114 loss. It was his fifth 40-point games of the season. The point guard made an impressive 8-out-of-11 three-pointers.
Zach LaVine’s ready for Saturday night's Three-Point Shootout. He scored 41 points, shooting 8-of-11 from three tonight against the Wizards pic.twitter.com/fG3NUfpHrs— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 12, 2020
LaVine is averaging a career-high of 25.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, as of Feb.21. He can go off for 20, 30, or 40 points on any given night so Washington needs to look to contain him in the back court.